Tasmanian gelding Geegees Blackflash scored a big win in the Group 3 2013 Launceston Cup (2400m) in front of a exuberant crowd on Wednesday.
The six-year-old was charged with the tough ask of carrying the topweight of 59.5kg but that didn’t matter as the field rounded the home turn.
With the finish set up for the chasers by fellow local The Cleaner who went hard in the lead, Geegees Blackflash produced a strong finish to win by two lengths from Lucky Angel and Dream Pedlar.
It was a thrilling victory for trainer John Luttrell who saw the popular gelding finish second in the $225,000 last year.
“Everybody loves him and nobody loves him more than I do,” Luttrell said.
“I couldn’t see him getting beaten today. He’s been so good the horse, I’m rapt for him.”
It takes Geegees Blackflash’s terrific record to 14 wins and 15 minor placings from 43 career starts.
He has tasted success in the majority of the Tasmanian features, having also won the Tasmanian Derby, the Newmarket Handicap at the Hobart Cup.
The race wasn’t without drama as favourite and Hobart Cup winner Hurdy Gurdy Man was eased down by Glen Boss at the 600m mark after bleeding.
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Launceston Cup 2013 – Results
|1||1||GEEGEES BLACKFLASH||John Luttrell||Peter Mertens||–||2||59.5kg||$8|
|2||7||LUCKY ANGEL||Tony Vasil||Craig Newitt||2L||13||54kg||$6.40|
|3||5||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||Brendon McCoull||5.8L||8||55.5kg||$29.60|
|4||4||NORSQUI||Walter McShane||Chris Symons||6.8L||14||56kg||$11.80|
|5||6||FIELDMASTER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Ms Michelle Payne||7L||6||55kg||$7.60|
|6||10||GEE GEE’S LA QUITA||Stuart Gandy||Rasit Yetimova (a)||8L||10||54kg||$89.20|
|7||2||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Jason Maskiell||8.5L||5||57.5kg||$4.50|
|8||12||OLLIE’S GOLD||Gary White||Dwayne Dunn||10.8L||9||54kg||$18.10|
|9||14||NEIL’S GOLD||Angela Brakey||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||13.3L||4||54kg||$110.70|
|10||13||RICHOMAN||Mark Ganderton||Ms Clare Lindop||15.3L||1||54kg||$47.80|
|11||9||UNOAKED (NZ)||Leon Wells||Anthony Darmanin||21.6L||12||54kg||$27.20|
|12||11||SANDEEP||Kerrie Mccarthy||David Pires||22.1L||11||54kg||$104.60|
|13||8||CATWEN BOY||Mark Ganderton||Daniel Ganderton||45.4L||3||54kg||$83.30|
|FF||3||HURDY GURDY MAN||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||–||7||56kg||$3.70F|